Interim Artistic Director- Sarah Norat-Phillips
Managing Director- Brian Brown
Program Director – Gabriella J. McKinley


Ujima Company, Inc.
429 Plymouth Ave., Suite 2
Buffalo, NY, 14213
(716) 322-5178



Ujima Company, Inc.

Mission Statement:

Ujima Company Inc. (UCI) is a multi-ethnic and multicultural professional theatre whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation, and performance of African American theatre by providing working opportunities for established artists and training experience for aspiring artists.

Our Vision:

We operate as a collective membership organization made up of actors, theatre technicians, theatre arts administrators, choreographers, playwrights, teachers, musicians, and vocalists. All work is selected or designed to exploit Ujima’s unique ability to work together, take responsibility for each other, and create that special magic that flows from love and dedication to the work, the collective, and the audience. Ujima Company Inc. intends to educate as well as to entertain through work that is reflective of its responsibility and its caring for its community. Ujima is dedicated to social justice – the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled including the rights to life and liberty; freedom of expression; equality before the law; economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, the right to health, and the right to education.

The core work of the organization has four focus areas:
  • Producing and performing plays, particularly those that are created to reflect the lives of African Americans and that provide employment opportunities for member and local artists.
  • Presenting the work of new artists and performing arts groups.
  • Providing young people with workshops and experiential training in theatre.
  • Serving as a resource to persons, community agencies, and institutions serving non-violence, cultural diversity, at-risk youth and positive values necessary for the development of the community.